The washup

We did it.

We gave our November salary to charity as a protest against government greed, corruption and mismanagement. The charge sheet against the government grew as the month went on, and following their reaction to the tragedy where 27 people died trying to cross the Channel (look at the appalling slant the BBC put on that story!!), I added “inhumanity”, and included the RNLI as one of the charities. Following the way in which the health secretary, Sajid Javid, addressed a practising doctor, Rosena Allin-Khan in the Commons, which in turn was an echo of Matt Hancock’s distasteful tone, it’s safe to add “misogynist” as well.

Anyway, here’s a table of the donations that were made.

CharityAmount donatedTax to reclaim
by Gift Aid
A local secondary school£1539.18£384.79
A local primary school£1000£250
Royal Marsden Cancer Charity£1539.18£384.79
A local food bank£1539.18£384.79
Médecins Sans Frontières£600£150
#DenyTaxDonate charity donations made, and income tax denied the government

The donations represent the priorities we believe the government ought to have on education, health, social care and foreign aid.

If you would like to protest in a similar way, feel free to get in touch – there’s a contact form, or you can email or reach out via Twitter or Instagram. The aim is NOT particularly that anybody has to give away all of their income, or that you should support the charities that we have – though I am sure they’d be happy to receive your support. Use a donation to the charities that matter to you to make the point that the government does not share your values, and that you trust the charity more than the government to spend your tax wisely.

Thank you for your interest in our protest.

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Just had the calculator out …

The amount of tax that we will be denying the government by giving our November salary to charity will be £1642.98. This is the money that charities will be able to decide how to use instead of the government.


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Tomorrow is Payday!

That means that TOMORROW is when Joel and I will be giving our salaries to charities, in protest against government greed, corruption and mismanagement. I’m going to add inhumanity to that – I’ll also be making a donation to RNLI following the deaths in the Channel last week.

Giving money away is a good thing to do if and when you can afford to, without fanfare. Indeed, we all know that some of the most generous people are those who, in human terms, can least afford it. Neither Joel nor I are good at the “attention seeking” thing, and on one level, drawing attention to what we are doing has made me squirm. But I wanted the focus to be not on what we are giving, but on the fact that by doing this, we are in effect deliberately withholding our tax from the government.

“But tax is a good thing!”

Yes, if used wisely. Too much of the time, though, this government is not doing that. Even if it is not the case for many MPs, even many Conservative MPs, the actual government seems to have no higher values than increasing personal wealth and power for themselves and their friends, with indifference to the needs of the most vulnerable in society. Whilst it was happy to remove the “temporary” £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit, its own MPs are claiming expenses to rent properties in London whilst letting out properties there which they already own. The Paterson affair showed that they were more than happy to turn a blind eye to MPs representing businesses. The focus of government expenditure was not on securing value for money, but on getting public money into the hands of friends and donors. The government spent up to £37bn on the “NHS” Test and Trace scheme. The British Medical Journal was pointing out its failures a year ago. The government’s own Public Accounts committee in March pointed out that it had failed in its central goal. Why the scare quotes on “NHS”? Because it was nothing to do with what people would understand the NHS to be! As recently as late November, consultants were still being paid over £1m a day on an average of £1100 per day.

It goes without saying that very few people working in the NHS are paid at that daily rate! NHS workers, along with most public sector employees (but not MPs!) have generally had their pay frozen for most of the last decade. The cost of a lot of the pay rises that the government was not willing to pay nurses and other NHS staff could be covered if the government had different priorities.

So we regard this protest as in effect massively increasing our tax rate to ensure that the charities, who we trust more than the government, get to decide how the money should be used.

Our protest is also to show that there’s a different way – generosity. We have no direct affiliation with it, but if you would like a better vision for society, I’d recommend Tom King’s work on the Generous Society.

Thank you for your patience with all the #denytaxdonate spam. It’s nearly over!!

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Latest news

Our DENY TAX, DONATE protest is still moving forward. I have sorted out some of the administration process this week

Some of the charities to which we will be giving money effectively have “payment portals” on their website, which makes it easy – their bank details are there, you fill in the Gift Aid declaration online, and that’s it.

Others aren’t really expecting donations to come from random people, or have not otherwise allocated the infrastructure to run donations through their websites. So I’ve been in touch with them, and asked them to send bank details and Gift Aid forms. I have several printed out at home – we’ll need to fill them in and return them.

If you’ve never filled in a Gift Aid form before, they are very simple – you fill in your name and address, and tick a box that you have paid enough tax for the charity to claim back. You date it (so it can apply to any donations after that date, unless you cancel it). That’s it – the charity is then able to increase the size of the donation you made by 25% by getting in touch with the government to reclaim the basic rate income tax you paid. If you were a higher rate tax payer, the fact that you made a charitable donation will also reduce your own tax liability when you come to do a tax return.

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Press release

Here’s a press release about the DENY TAX, DONATE protest:

DTD Press release

It can be accessed directly here.

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Joel’s video

We now have a guestbook. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

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What can you do?

We’re in a pretty fortunate position. Whilst we’ll notice the loss of a month’s salary, we won’t starve, or end up homeless, or in arrears on anything. We are very conscious that many people are not in that situation.

The charities to which we are choosing to give our salary matter to us personally. But there is nothing particularly significant about them – you will have your own charities that you would like to support. The important thing from the point of view of our Deny Tax, Donate protest is that they are charities who can reclaim tax through Gift Aid – the charities will recover the income tax that the government would have received through our PAYE; the government will not have the freedom to decide how to spend our income tax. If you would be willing to give away a month of your salary – or a large chunk of your salary – to charities in protest at the government policies, let us know. We would love to hear about it, and would be happy to put your story on this website.

If you can’t give up a large proportion of your salary for a month, but would like to nonetheless make a charity donation in support of the protest, we would still love to know. There is no Deny Tax, Donate organisation – no money goes via us. Even the cost of this website (which in any case is a few pounds) is being met separately.

If you aren’t in a position to give money to charity as part of this protest, we would really appreciate it if you would be willing to share news about it on social media or by word of mouth. We believe that a protest which challenges the wealth-focused values of the world with generosity is noteworthy – but that depends on people getting to hear about it.

If you would like to use this website to express your own views, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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It’s not “just my opinion”

There are probably as many different political points of view as there are people, and politicians are a notoriously untrustworthy bunch. Is it the case that in reality there is nothing unusual about this government, that I’m just another person who doesn’t like the Tories making a fuss about them? Or is it the case that there is something unusually bad about this government?

Let’s round up some of the evidence:

I could go on. Every day brings more egregious misuses of power, to the point that one exercise of corrupt authority is simply displaced in the news by the next one.

I do not trust the government to use my tax wisely. As a protest against how they use money, I will be giving my November salary to charities – the money that the government would have collected from my income they will have to give to these charities through Gift Aid payments.

The charities I have chosen to give to represent areas in which government should be worki

  • Social care – my local foodbank
  • Education – the primary school which my children went to, and at which I was a governor for 12 years
  • Health – the NHS hospital where my wife has been treated for cancer for seven years
  • Foreign Aid – Médecins Sans Frontières.

I invite anybody who feels similarly to join me in this protest. Please do not feel under pressure to do this if you can’t afford it: part of the reason for the protest is on behalf of those who are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to live. You can support this protest by letting other people know about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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Deny Tax, Donate – a protest against the government

What’s this all about?
I am angry and upset.
The government’s policies have increased financial burdens upon the vulnerable, and more and more people are struggling to make ends meet. The government are running the country into the ground and benefitting the rich in the process, siphoning taxes into private companies that do not return value for money for the taxpayer. As a result of this I wish to protest.
Unfortunately, the government won’t listen to normal protests, no matter how many million people march. So I decided to carry out a tax protest, to deny them the ability to make use of my income. Due to the automated PAYE system, one of the few ways to do this is to donate my income to charity. So here is my protest:
I will donate my November 2021 basic salary equally to the three charities:
  • (Healthcare) The Royal Marsden Hospital (where my mum used to work and is now treated for cancer)
  • (Education) Warlingham School & Sixth Form (where I went to school)
  • (Social care) Caterham Food Bank (my local food bank)
The reason I am doing this is to divert the tax the government would have collected from my income in November to these charities as Gift Aid, to demonstrate that I disagree with the way they are spending our money, and show them how I believe it should be spent.
I invite anybody who feels similarly to join me in this protest, choosing charities relevant to you from the categories above, or others. Please do not feel pressured if you cannot afford to do so: the reason I am protesting in this way is to represent those who are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to live.
In order for this protest to be effective I would appreciate it if you shared this with your own contacts.
Thank you for taking your time to read this.
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